DIY makeup brush holders

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Maybe it’s just me but when I buy a nice candle I feel so bad throwing away the glass jar. Some of the jars are so pretty and you can tell the company isn’t skimping on the quality. My favorite are the Le Labo candle jars because the glass is thick and sturdy. When I was in need of a new place to store my makeup brushes, I remembered reading in a magazine ages ago about how to prepare and reuse old candle jars {or any jar for that matter}. It’s super easy, saves money, and looks pretty on your bathroom counter.

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1. Store the used candle in the freezer for at least a couple hours {this makes the remaining wax easier to crack and remove}. I usually just store them in the freezer until I need one for something :)

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2. Remove from the freezer and use a knife or any sharp utensil to crack the wax and then dispose of it. One of my wicks luckily came out with the wax but the other didn’t.

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3. Pour some boiling water into the glass to melt the remaining wick. Let it sit for about a minute and then use your knife to carefully remove it.

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4. Peel off any labels as much as you can.

5. Grab a rough sponge and have at it – use some dish soap and scrub off any remaining wax or glue from the labels.

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6. Dry off and add your makeup brushes!

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I divide mine into face brushes and eye/other brushes to keep organized. If the glass ever gets dirty I toss it in the dishwasher {I tested at my own risk so be careful with thinner glass jars or ones made out of anything other than glass}.

Emily loves the Capri Blue candles at Anthropologie – they are way larger so no need to remove the leftover wax at the bottom. She puts some dry rice in the bottom of the candle and voila!

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xx // s

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